You are what you eat, from the inside and from the outside.
Good nutrition is not only important for how you feel, but it also affects how you look.
A healthy diet with all the necessary nutrients will surely keep your heart, liver, brain, and other vital organs healthy. It will also have an impact on how your skin looks.
Most often, you can judge the quality of a person’s lifestyle by how their skin looks.
However, you do not have to come from a rich family to have glowing, spotless, and succulent skin. Being healthy is about discipline and consistency, not economic prosperity.
In this article, we list 9 foods and fruits that will give you healthy skin along with a healthy body.
Keep in mind that watermelon is 92% water. This is why watermelon is the perfect snack to be hydrated. Staying well hydrated helps you maintain your skin’s elasticity and avoid wrinkles.
Moreover, watermelon has antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin A and vitamin C which reduces the free radicals that make the skin look old. Vitamin A also promotes the production of collagen and elastin cells that helps your skin stay young and supple.
In a funny note, we are told in our childhood that eating watermelon seeds will make the seeds grow inside our stomach. This is what a typical Nepalese society teaches us. However, raw or roasted watermelon seeds can be very beneficial for your skin. It prevents the outbreak of acne, moisturizes your skin, prevents dullness, and early aging.
So eat watermelon whenever you see it. They are sold by lots of street vendors during summer. And do not throw the seeds away. They are crunchy and even more beneficial than watermelon itself.
We don’t have a problem including tomatoes in our Nepalese diet. Like turmeric and ginger, tomatoes are almost included in our curry and chutney.
But you might not have known the wonders that these red fruits/ vegetables.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a potent antioxidant to protect skin from UV damage.
Also, if you have blackheads and open pores, you can cut tomatoes in slices and apply the slices on your face. The tomato juice saturates into the tiny pores and makes it disappear.
Researches have also shown that eating a healthy amount of tomatoes daily works against problems like uneven skin tone and dead skin.
Carrots are rich in a pigment called beta carotene. This pigment has been found to decrease the skin’s oil production. Hence, eating carrots is especially beneficial for people struggling with oily face and skin.
Also, beta carotene is converted to Vitamin A by our body, which will give you a glowing skin tone.
Carrots contain vitamin C, which heals the skin. It helps skin recover faster from external wounds and itches, and makes sure you aren’t left with scars that never go away.
This fruit is found in abundance in Kathmandu. Once you know the health benefits of avocados, you will know why they are so expensive than other fruits.
The natural oils in avocados penetrate cells at the deepest level and provide nutrients like vitamins A, D, and E, good fats, and phytonutrients to the skin.
The hydrating properties also reduce fine lines, wrinkles, help keep skin smooth, and boost skin’s immunity against stress and other environmental factors.
However, most people think that because avocado is oily food, it will cause weight gain. But it isn’t true.
In fact, researches show that they help you lose fat by suppressing your appetite and lowering bad cholesterol.
If you are someone who goes nuts about having flawless skin, then nuts should always be in your dining table.
Walnuts promote collagen production because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Collagen is a protein that helps improve the skin’s elasticity, preventing sagging, ultimately leaving your skin plump and youthful.
On the other hand, almonds are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent aging caused by free radicals. Eating almonds will also strengthen your skin’s defense against skin cancer.
It has been clinically observed that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
Furthermore, oranges, like most other citrus fruits, prevent UV-induced skin damage.
You can also grind orange peels and use them as a scrub to remove toxic substances from your face and other skin areas.
Broccoli receives a gold medal because of all the goodness it provides. Like Avocadoes, there is nothing this wonderful vegetable can’t do.
Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals important for skin health, like zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta carotene. Lutein protects your skin from oxidative damage, which will otherwise cause your skin to become dry and wrinkled.
We are going to give you enough reasons today to keep eating chocolate. You obviously have been eating chocolate for long. Why not learn the benefits now?
Dark chocolate (a purer form of chocolate) has been proved to make the skin firm. The fatty acids in chocolate nourishing the skin and leave your skin feeling soft and pampered.
Like everything, eating too much chocolate may result in adverse effects on the nervous and cardiovascular systems, stomach problems, palpitations, and insomnia.
Somebody said it right — the trick is in the right balance.
You obviously know that the edible part of pomegranates are seeds. The seeds, also called arils, are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and bioactive plant compounds, and they also contain some sugar.
Pomegranates have antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. Free radicals are formed when we are exposed to the sun or other toxins in our environment.
It also assists in cellular regeneration and keeps wrinkles and sagging skin as far away as possible.
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.
Vitamin B12 is important for your hair, skin, and nails. Deficiency of Vitamin B12 can cause vitiligo (loss of skin color in patches) and angular stomatitis (inflamed and cracked mouth corners).
“Vegetarians have a hard time fulfilling the required amount of Vitamin B12,” says Smriti Shrestha, MBBS, skin therapist.
If you can’t eat meat and other animal products, the only reliable vegan sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milk, soy products, and breakfast cereals). Or you can also take a Vitamin B12 supplement after consulting a certified medical official.
This is the most commonly found yet underrated food that is helpful to the skin.
Most of us scrunch our nose when somebody brings spinach to the table. Well, stop doing that, mistress, if you want your skin to glow and shine.
Spinach cleans your skin from the inside out. This leafy green vegetable contains vitamins—namely vitamins A, C, and K—that work together to help your skin enhance its radiance, heal from scars or sun damage, and fortify toxins.
If Spinach wasn’t your favorite food in your childhood, make it now.
Unlike what you think, being healthy isn’t an expensive journey. Eating healthy and taking care of the skin is fairly easy.
It just comes down to decisions. The decision to sleep early rather than watch Youtube all night. The decision to order salads in a restaurant than pizza with toppings.
Feel free to contact Alka Skin and Dermatology to get expert advice from friendly skin doctors.